Reasons for Exemption
CCR section number: 15301
Cal. Code Regs., title 14 Section 15301 provides that projects which consist of the operation, repair, maintenance, permitting, leasing, licensing, or minor alteration of existing public or private structures, facilities, mechanical equipment, or topographical features, involving negligible or not expansion of existing or former use, are categorically exempt from the provisions of CEQA. Work under this proposed project will consist of developing a new manufacturing line for Level 2 EV chargers within an existing manufacturing facility in Milpitas, California; scaling manufacturing of DC fast chargers at the same existing facility; and testing some of the newly-manufactured equipment at an existing testing facility in Campbell, CA. The expansion of manufacturing capacity at the Milpitas site will entail only installation of new equipment within an existing building shell, electrical panel upgrades and lighting, installation of office cubicles and other layout changes, and other minor modifications within the existing building. No modifications will be made to the floors, walls, or shell of the existing building. There will also be no physical changes to the existing facility in Campbell, CA. For these reasons, this project will have no significant impact on the environment and falls within Class 1, section 15301.